Victory welcome A-League selection dilemma

Anna Harrington
Robbie Kruse has shrugged off a tight hamstring to be available for the A-League's Melbourne derby

Melbourne Victory will be without veteran Leigh Broxham for their A-League derby with City, but Carlos Salvachua still has a pleasant selection headache to ponder before he finalises his attack.

Midfielder Broxham will miss at least two weeks with a calf injury, but Victory will be able to call upon Socceroo Robbie Kruse on Friday now he has overcome a tight hamstring.

Salvachua now has the enviable problem of squeezing Kruse and Marco Rojas into a starting line-up featuring Ola Toivonen, Andrew Nabbout and Elvis Kamsoba.

The interim coach will have to manage his squad, as they will have a quick turnaround to Tuesday's Asian Champions League game against Chiangrai United.

"We have quality in front - a few good names and now the numbers to use," Salvachua said.

"Because now we are involved in two competitions, sometimes it's easy because we always try to set up with our best squad and we have the bodies to choose."

Salvachua said he would make a judgement call on whether the likes of January signing Rojas would start against City, given the heavy workload associated with two games in five days.

"Every day (Rojas) is going better because now he's trained one week with the team," he said.

"He played last week - a few minutes in Perth. We'll see (if Rojas starts) because we have another tough game Tuesday.

"Some players they cannot play 90 minutes in both games and we'll see the best option."

Victory could call on German defender Tim Hoogland - who was left out of the ACL squad - to return against City, while new signing Giancarlo Gallifuoco could also feature.

Salvachua could again turn to a back three - a formation he used with success against Perth Glory and Japan's Kashima Antlers.

"It's a system that I've used in the past and I think it's good for our players in the last two games," he said.